Muskogee's varied and thriving art scene includes historic attractions, live performances, fun festivals and, most importantly, plenty of support from local groups and organizations.
One of the most visited cultural attractions is the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame & Museum, which has been honoring musical innovators and icons from the Sooner State since 1997. Entertainers who have already secured spots in the hall include Carrie Underwood, Toby Keith and Ronnie Dunn.
Another popular historic site is Five Civilized Tribes Museum, which focuses on preserving the art, history and culture of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muskogee (Creek) and Seminole tribes. One of the museum's highlights is the world's largest collection of original works by Jerome Tiger, a Creek-Seminole painter.
Art and Theatre
For art fans, the Muskogee Art Guild has been around since 1936 and sponsors workshops, art shows, art camps and events throughout the year. Membership is open to anyone over age 16, with annual dues costing $25.
Another interesting site is the Roxy Theater, established in 1946 and host to films and concerts in the downtown district. The Roxy was renovated in recent years but still manages to maintain its old-Hollywood feel.
Offering live entertainment, the Muskogee Little Theatre began in 1972 as a nonprofit community theater. Today, the establishment produces three to seven plays annually, and provides weekend workshops, summer camps and more.
As for cultural events, an Azalea Festival takes place in April each year to celebrate the spring flowers that grow abundantly in Muskogee. The festival includes driving and walking tours through Honor Heights Park, where more than 30,000 of the plants bloom.
The Azalea Festival is promoted through the Azalea Festival Banner Project, during which local artists paint banners that are displayed during the festival and are auctioned off once it ends. The project has been in place in Muskogee for more than 20 years.
Artsy Organizations, Establishments
The local art scene is also promoted through the Muskogee Area Arts Council, which works to preserve and develop arts programs, activities and education. The council has been supporting local artists and art-related efforts since 1998.
And for an ideal spot to host a variety of cultural events, the 8,500-square-foot Muskogee Civic Center hosts trade shows, concerts, sporting events, circuses and other traveling acts.
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